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          We Danced Almost Naked in the Rain
          By Bonnie Enes

          A summer day

          we baked in the sun
          leisurely swam
          the lake

          a storm broke
          covered with pine needles
          we laughed and danced in the downpour

          till washed clean
          then on to the restaurant

          hurried in wearing bathing suits
          changed in the bathroom

          I almost bought your joyfulness.

          Almost bought your passion

          those steaming nights
          at my place on the river

          humidity like a rain forest
          we slid off each other

          through August summer nights.

          Almost bought your patience

          when camping with Fred Cat
          we sat up late by the campfire

          till he returned
          from a day of hunting

          laid his present at our bare feet.

          Almost bought your humor

          after Fred Cat
          left dusty paw prints on all the cars

          we went to town
          bought Grocho Marx plastic glasses

          wore them back
          to the campground

          so no one would recognize us.

          Storm clouds brewed on our horizon

          your mother
          upstairs

          keeping company with her pastel walls
          your father
          in the cellar

          humming things out of wood
          vile complaints
          spat against each other

          treaded up and down the cellar stairs.

          While camping, you tried to give up smoking

          one morning
          you forgot to wear the patch

          danced around the car
          violently
          demolished the bee

          who frantically scrambled up the windshield
          while I frantically tried to save him

          before
          I was almost sold.




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